by Barbara Ashcraft


Starring: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Elizabeth Pena, Burt Young, Fionnula Flanagan
Directed by Duncan Tucker
rated R

My first thought after viewing this film was, “What a performance!” Felicity Huffman was indeed robbed of an Oscar for her performance as a man about to become a transgendered woman. The movie opens with what appears to be a rather plain man in his 30’s getting dressed and made up with all the accouterments of womanly fashion: high heels, lipstick, earrings, bra, and dainty pink suit and becomes Bree right before our eyes.

Almost immediately, she is confronted with shocking news: He (she) is the father of a 16 year-old son that she did not know she had. Without revealing the entire plot, she agrees to bring her son out to LA and the two embark on the road trip of a lifetime. Through tears and laughter, Toby and Bree find themselves and each other.

What I liked about this film:

Great acting all around! Bree is somewhat unsure of herself as a woman, but she never gives up her dream, despite all the roadblocks she encounters. Full of inventive twists and turns, the humor is infectious.

What I didn’t:

I think it took too long for Toby to realize his “missionary church lady” traveling companion wasn’t really that. He is a street-wise kid and it just didn’t seem reasonable.

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